Intramural competition, participation upby JAY M. MORLACHETTA
Coming to the end of the sixth week of classes, intramural sports are in full swing and competition is intense.
A high level of student participation, in intramural basketball in particular, has created a competitive and exciting atmosphere for the season, said Sharon Stanton, assistant director of intramural sports and fitness activities.
"We could offer basketball all year, and there would still be a very high level of participation," she said. She said that basketball is one of the most popular intramural sports each year.
Stanton has taken on extra duties with the programs since Tom Lovins, former director of intramural sports and fitness activities, left to take a position at Penn State University as director of recreational sports.
"Actually I do the administrative part, and graduate students do all the work," Stanton said.
She said the fitness center is operated by graduate students.
Addressing the facility issue, Stanton said the schedule is crowded and the staff is limited in its efforts. An increasing interest in fitness has made it more difficult to accommodate everyone, she said.
"Our schedules are maxed out, which is great," Stanton said about the overcrowding. Stanton said she is excited about future intramural special events. She said efollett.com is sponsoring the Super Hoops 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17 in the Gullickson Hall gym. Stanton said there is no entry fee, but students must register in the recreational sports office.
The first place teams from the men's and women's divisions will travel to the Mid-Atlantic efollett.com 3 on 3 Super Hoops Regional Tournament at James Madison University, Feb. 26-27.
"It would be nice to send a good representative to compete at James Madison," Stanton said.
A coed volleyball tournament is scheduled Feb. 20 in the Gullickson Hall gym. Entry fee is $15 per person, or $10 with a Marshall ID.
Stanton wants students and faculty to be aware of an open meeting taking place after a 5 p.m. indoor soccer manager's meeting in Gullickson Hall 18 on Feb. 22.
"We want students and faculty to come and discuss problems and ideas about intramural sports," Stanton said. She said that enabling students to voice their concerns will help improve an already successful program.
More information is available by calling the Department of Recreational Sports at 696-6477 or by calling 697-0330.